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  1. edkemper

    edkemper New Member

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    I have a 1955 Chevy 3200 Pickup.
    It is registered as a house car. Not aftermarket modifications.
    It has a shell with fold down bunks and external water tanks on both sides between door and rear wheel wells.

    Can't find anything to speak of online and can't get a touch of what it's worth because there were few built/sold.

    Where can I find out more information?

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    Some pictures:
    FrontGrillSm.jpg DriverFrontSm.jpg RearShotSm.jpg DriverH2OtankSm.jpg CamperDecalSm.jpg WaterTankSm.jpg
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  2. RayVoy

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    Well, what I see would be perhaps 3 separate features.
    - The Chev 3200 truck
    - The added on camper shell
    - The 2 water containers.

    I think you would have to price the truck as just the truck (price based upon condition), and the rest as aftermarket add on (the price based upon whatever someone will pay).
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    What a cool truck!
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    I would like to see some pics of the inside of the camper
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  5. edkemper

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    InsideCabSm.jpg InsideCamperSm.jpg

    I will try to get a few more. This truck has been sitting at my sis's house for 25 years.
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  6. tbplus10

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    Looks like you've found one of the early conversion companies.
    Chevy was an early pioneer using Conversion companies to build "factory modified" new vehicles, from the 40's to the 60's they had a deal with Napco to convert trucks and Suburbans into 4wd's, this deal ended when they began building 4x4's on the GM assembly line in Flint Michigan in the early 60's.
    It' would appear in the 50's they also had a deal to build mini motor homes (what passed for one in those days).
    I know the area where the company was located, lived a few blocks away at one time, that particular company hasnt been in that location since the mid 70's.
    I'm assuming they manufactured the front brush guard too, looks like a nice conversion. For the year overall the truck is in good condition, a perfect example for restoration.
    Being a factory conversion makes it worth a little more than a standard 1955 truck, because it is rare, but the price really depends on finding the buyer willing to pay. I'd look at Hemmings Motor News or something like that for a better price index.
    I saw a 1953 Chevy truck converted by the same company, it was at a truck show about 15 years ago, they had it fully restored and the owner was selling it for $28k, he had a parts truck that was a conversion too, it was the same year and 90% complete but unrestored, he was asking $9500 for it.

    Looks like they coined the phrase "The Borg" a few years before Star Trek, who knows maybe they were inspiration for Gene Roddenberry and crew.
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    It is such a cool truck it'd be a shame to see it disappear or be altered back to a stock chevy truck. I appreciate the history lesson. It needs to be kept as it was built in 1955.
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    Yea I agree, that truck's in good condition, as rare as it is with the conversion though it would be a true loss for someone to turn it into a factory 55 it needs to be restored with the conversion.
    I dont see a lot of problem with that though, it looks like most pieces are there.
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    The only thing missing is someone that sees the possibilities that wants to tackle the project. Not likely to find someone on Craigslist.
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    Funny that any search I've done produces plenty of 3100s but not one single 3200 anywhere.
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    Got word back that the owner wants $11,500 for the truck and an extra $4000 for the shop manual. Oh well.
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    The 3200 is the long bed (wheelbase) version of the 3100, probably pretty rare.
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  14. The Heater

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    I will second the recommendation to list it in Hemmings Motor News if you sell it. I have subscribed for so many years, I can't remember how long.

    I also agree that something as unique and old as that truck should be restored to its original condition, unmodified.

    In that condition, it's not worth more than $5,000, and that is being very generous. I would offer him $3500 and try to negotiate a lower price and see how far down he will go. If you bring 5 grand cash and show it to him at some point in the discussion, it may help.

    Tell him you know a good psychiatrist who can treat his delusional thinking on that shop manual. Maybe a big shot of Thorazine will help.
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    Just so you get a clear picture, this is a friend that has parked this truck in sis's yard for the last 25 years. Now she's retired and not interested in doing the work at this point in her life. But she does believe it's worth far more than 4 digits. At this point, sis would be okay if it was hauled off to the wrecking yard.

    The owner has been advised about Hemmings. We'll have to wait and see.
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  16. The Heater

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    If they think they are going to sell that truck for more than "four figures" then someone needs to tell them the only time it will be sold is at the estate sale of the owner after they are dead. And I assure you it won't go for more than four figures at an estate sale either.

    Lots of reasons why, but the overall condition is too poor. I could quote you numbers for the cost estimate to restore that truck and canopy, but suffice it to say it would cost way more than what you could recover from it on a sale. And to find some of the trim and interior parts to replace what has deteriorated could take years of searching through swap meets nation wide.
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    Heater,

    I'm with you. I've spent all the time I'm going to donate to try to help the owner. Now it's up to her.
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